Who Am I?

The Instigator

Doan Winkel here. I am an entrepreneur and an educator and program builder. My students create and own their learning experiences. My classroom is an entrepreneurial experiment each and every semester.

I have two main goals in my (professional) life:

  1. To fix our broken education system by giving students a voice and control (see my TEDx talk).
  2. To motivate younger generations to tackle their dreams through creating their own careers.

With these goals in mind, I founded and am the Director of the Entrepreneurship Education Project, which gathers data from nearly 20,000 college students from 400+ universities across 70+ countries to better understand how to teach entrepreneurship.

I founded the McLean County Unit 5’s Innovative Entrepreneurs experiential high school class to offer students the chance to experience what entrepreneurship looks and feels like.

I co-founded internrocket.com to help young people discover and pursue their passion as a career path.

While serving on the Board of Directors of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, I build programming to give entrepreneurship educators tools to turn their classrooms into experiences.

More recently, I co-founded TeachingEntrepreneurship.org, an experiential entrepreneurship curriculum being used by university students around the world, and founded and serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Experiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal, which enables more active entrepreneurship classrooms through sharing, learning, and doing.

As the John J. Kahl, Sr. Chair in Entrepreneurship and Director of The Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship at John Carroll University, I am developing the next frontier in university-based entrepreneurship curriculum and programming.

I Would Be Honored If You Followed My Crazy Journey and Shared Your Feedback